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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Thomas Marriott

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Thomas Marriott" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 1930's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ...

ALBUM REVIEW

John Blum and Jackson Krall: Duplexity

Read "Duplexity" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A pianist of undeniable virtuosity and uncompromising intensity, John Blum has impressed free-jazz aficionados since the early 2000s with his uniquely potent approach to his instrument. One can easily hear the influence of Cecil Taylor in his ferocious, jaw-dropping power; but just as important are his ties to earlier pianists. There is just as much Art Tatum as Taylor in Blum's manic flights, as lightning-quick stride passages are as likely to surface as his more concussive thunderings. Fortunately, he's teamed ...

RADIO

Broun Fellinis, Eric Revis, Luke Stewart and More

Read "Broun Fellinis, Eric Revis, Luke Stewart and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A trip to the mystical island of Boohaabia (you know, the one near the Oasis of Surprise), is the final stop in this show, courtesy of the Broun Fellinis, but before arriving to destination there are stops at several great new releases, like those of American bassists Eric Revis' excellent Slip Knots Through a Looking Glass and Luke Stewart's Exposure Quintet, Polish trumpeter Emil Miszk and his Sonic Syndicate, guitarist David Lord, Aussie pianist Andrea Keller's Composer's Circle, and drummer ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Geno Thackara

In some alternate world somewhere, Lafayette Gilchrist is a great modern American novelist, spinning real-life stories that vividly evoke the spirit of the times. In our world, he ended up as a comparable spirit doing the same thing in the music realm instead. His piano playing nonetheless criss-crosses the span of jazz, blues, funk, gospel, ragtime, boogie and much else besides, weaving all manner of familiar elements in the way other storytellers would thread recognizable slices of life into their ...

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ALBUM REVIEW

DUX Orchestra: Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results)

Read "Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results)" reviewed by John Sharpe

The cover of the 1994 archival recording Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) by the DUX Orchestra presents an intriguing line up which combines American free jazzers with Swedish baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Even within the New York City contingent there is diversity, as veteran stickman Walter Perkins (who played with Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk and Charles Mingus among many others) rubs shoulders with young drummer Susie Ibarra (in her pre-David S. Ware days), stalwart reedmen Dave Sewelson and Will ...

INTERVIEW

Josephine Davies: Way Out East: New Directions In British Jazz

Read "Josephine Davies: Way Out East:  New Directions In British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Compared to many other bands which have emerged on jny: London's paradigm-shifting jazz scene since the mid 2010s, saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies' trio Satori has attracted relatively little noise. There has been high praise from specialist critics but little mainstream media coverage and even less social media chatter. This may be because, unlike many of its contemporaries, Satori, though rhythmically rich, is not infused with dancefloor-friendly grooves. Davies instead looks to Eastern culture, particularly to Buddhist texts and meditation ...


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